If there is one type of mask I use the most, it’s a clay mask. As someone who has very oily skin, clay masks are meant to work wonders for clearing out clogged pores and tackling excess sebum. Two issues I have to constantly deal with. The one I’m using lately is The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask, which as far as I’m aware, has been reformulated into this mask here. As you can probably tell from my picture above, it’s pretty loved and I don’t think I’m wrong to suspect my mum has also been using this mask too. I can’t quote an exact price for this mask anymore, but from what I remember, it was roughly £10-14.00 so not the cheapest mask on the market, but definitely not the most expensive one either.
I use this mask about 2-3 times a week, focusing on the oiliest areas of my face. For me, this is definitely my forehead, nose and chin, and during the more humid weeks lately, I’ve also been sing this on my cheek every other application. This mask claims to “purif[ies], cleanses and controls excess oil”, so with this in mind, this is definitely a mask to use as a preventative measure, rather than a reactionary one. So if you’re looking for a mask to get to rid of blackheads, then this is not what this mask claims to be designed for.
The mask itself looks like this, although it definitely looks a bit darker in person. I apply this to wet/damp skin, as it helps the mask to smooth over the skin more easily. Applied to dry skin, it remains quite hard in consistency and causes a lot of unnecessary tugging on the skin, which is a bit uncomfortable. I highly advise applying small amounts at a time, as it easily builds very thick layers on the skin, and it can make it take longer to dry on the skin. When it does dry on the skin though, it dries to a pale grey-green colour, which is easy to distinguish from the rest of the mask. I personally tried to figure out a balance so that I remove the mask just before it hits the stage where it dries out, so it doesn’t over-dry my skin. We want to tackle excess oil, not dry it out so our skin over compensates with more oil, right?
From using the mask, I find that immediately my skin feels fresher and less congested. It doesn’t unclog pores in the same way that a pore strip would, but it does work at keeping pores clear when used regularly. As for my oil levels on a longer-term basis, I find that my nose and chin don’t get as oily as quickly throughout the day which is the largest noticeable difference for me. My forehead isn’t as bad, but definitely isn’t as oily either.
Overall, I really like this mask, and would definitely consider repurchasing this again. My only gripe is the slightly higher price tag, but I really support The Body Shop’s brand ethic, and paying a bit extra for more ethically sourced ingredients and products makes that worthwhile for me. In the meantime, I plan on continuing my use of this mask, and will try out other clay masks as and when I finish this one. For oily skin, this is a great mask to incorporate into your routine as a skincare treat, and for normal skin, you can definitely put this mask to use, but you likely wouldn’t need to use it as frequently as oily skinned people like myself.
Otherwise, thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I sincerely apologise for the lack of blog posts that I had planned to put out – the products I wanted to talk were left behind at my partner’s apartment and I forgot them again, so it put a spanner in the works for my schedule. But thank you again for reading my post, and I wish you as much as happiness and good health as possible.